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Sep 24, 2014

EU warns of risk of attacks by upstaged Al Qaeda

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda, wary of being upstaged by even more ruthless Islamic State fighters, may try to show its relevance by carrying out attacks in Europe, the United States or Israel, the European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator said on Wednesday.

With the world’s focus firmly on Islamic State’s advances in Syria and Iraq, the EU’s Gilles de Kerchove warned of the risk of competition between Islamic State and al Qaeda, which has renounced its offshoot as too brutal.

Sep 17, 2014

Top U.S. general urges Congress to think again on defense cuts

WIESBADEN Germany (Reuters) – Congress should look hard at whether to continue automatic budget cuts that weaken the U.S. military at a time when security around the world is deteriorating, a top U.S. general said on Wednesday.

The rapid advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region has fueled calls by current and former military chiefs and the U.S. defense industry for a rethink of the hundreds of billions of dollars in automatic cuts, known as “sequestration”.

Sep 17, 2014

Air strikes not enough to destroy Islamic State: U.S. general

WIESBADEN Germany (Reuters) – Air strikes alone will not be enough to destroy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, and Baghdad will need training to rebuild ground forces capable of “going after them and rooting them out,” the U.S. Army Chief of Staff said on Wednesday.

Three years after U.S. forces pulled out of Iraq, President Barack Obama has ordered air strikes to halt Islamic State fighters who made rapid advances earlier this year as Iraqi forces melted away.

Sep 15, 2014

Action against Islamic State would prevent genocide-NATO

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Military intervention against Islamic State militants could be justified on the grounds of self-defense or preventing a campaign “pretty close to genocide”, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.

Rasmussen said the threat posed by Islamic State “requires a military response to degrade and defeat this terrorist organization” but he said NATO as an organization would not be undertaking military strikes against the group.

Sep 12, 2014

Russia wins delay in EU-Ukraine trade pact

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and Ukraine agreed on Friday to delay the implementation of their free-trade pact until the end of next year in a concession to Russia, which had complained its industry would be hurt by the deal.

Russia and the West are bitterly at odds over Ukraine, and the European Union and United States both imposed new sanctions against Moscow on Friday over what they say is its military backing for separatist rebels in the east of the country. Russia, which denies involvement, said it would consider retaliating.

Sep 12, 2014

EU raises pressure on Moscow with tougher sanctions

BRUSSELS, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The European Union tightened
sanctions on Russia on Friday over its role in the Ukrainian
conflict, restricting access to financing for top Russian banks,
defence and energy firms and freezing the assets of senior
politicians and rebel leaders.

The United States was set to follow suit with its own
tougher sanctions later on Friday, heaping pressure on Russian
President Vladimir Putin after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea
region and sent troops to back pro-Russian separatists in
eastern Ukraine.

Sep 12, 2014

EU imposes new economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union put into effect on Friday a new round of sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine, including restrictions on financing for some Russian state-owned companies and asset freezes on leading Russian politicians.

The EU and the United States have been stepping up pressure on Moscow after its annexation of Crimea in March and what the West sees as an effort since then to further destabilize Ukraine by backing pro-Russian separatists in the east with troops and arms.

Sep 12, 2014

Russia faces new U.S., EU sanctions over Ukraine crisis

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – European Union governments agreed on Thursday to begin their new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis on Friday but could lift them next month if Moscow abides by a fragile truce, while the United States prepared its own fresh sanctions.

The steps are the latest by the United States and the EU following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March and what the West sees as an effort since then to further destabilize Ukraine by backing pro-Russian separatists with troops and arms.

Sep 11, 2014

New sanctions against Russia to take effect on Friday

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – European Union
governments agreed on Thursday that new economic sanctions on
Russia will take effect on Friday but held out the prospect of
cancelling some or all of them next month if they believe a
peace plan is working.

EU ambassadors agreed in principle to the new sanctions last
Friday but implementation was held up by a dispute over whether
they should take effect now or whether the EU should give more
time for a ceasefire in Ukraine to take hold.

Sep 10, 2014

Most Europeans in poll think EU should offer Ukraine membership

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A majority of Europeans think Ukraine should be offered membership of the European Union but they are divided about whether it should be admitted to NATO, according to a major public opinion survey published on Wednesday.

Ukraine, fighting a war against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, is at the center of the most serious East-West confrontation since the Cold War.

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      "I am part of Reuters UK reporting team, writing mainly about UK politics and foreign policy. My previous postings with Reuters were in Spain, Belgium, the United States, Colombia, Nicaragua and South Africa."
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